New law to make traffic stops safer for those who are deaf or hard of hearing

Governor Cooper Signs Law to Make Traffic Stops Safer for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Governor Roy Cooper signed HB84 into law last week, making traffic stops safer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

Aug. 3, 2017 — Legislation that allows Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens to request a designation for their driver’s license from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles was signed into law last week by Governor Roy Cooper.

The bill, HB 84, passed with unanimous, bi-partisan support and will make interactions between law enforcement and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in North Carolina much safer, said Jan Withers, Director of the N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.

HB 84 establishes education and training standards for law enforcement, and gives the more than 1.2 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in the state the option, upon request, to have their driver’s license indicate that they are deaf or hard of hearing.

“This is an important legislative achievement,” Withers said. “It moves us closer to ensuring that communication with deaf and hard of hearing drivers will be as effective as communication with people who are hearing.”

Author: Ryan Hill

WEBINAR: #ABLEtoSave Series: Debunking ABLE Myths


August 2017 is #ABLEtoSave month, a nationwide awareness campaign led by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) to provide information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, which are a new financial savings tool for individuals with disabilities. ANRC would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, the financial community and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar on Wednesday August 2, from 2:00 – 3:00 EST, focusing on debunking common ABLE myths.

ABLE accounts are now available across the country for qualified individuals with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits. Despite their widespread availability, lack of awareness and misinformation about ABLE accounts is preventing millions of people from taking advantage of this revolutionary savings tool. This webinar seeks to debunk many common ABLE myths in order to increase knowledge of and confidence in using ABLE accounts.

This Webinar will be moderated by Chris Rodriguez, Director, ABLE National Resource Center, and will include a panel of ABLE related stakeholders and experts, including:

  • Heather Sachs, Senor ABLE Advisor, ABLE National Resource Center
  • Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Autism Speaks
  • Keith Bernhardt, VP, Retirement & College Products, Fidelity Investments

The webinar will debunk common ABLE-related misconceptions related to:

  • Eligibility
  • Interaction with public benefits
  • Appropriate use of ABLE funds
  • Comparison to 529 College Savings Accounts
  • Residency Requirements
  • Caps related to contributions
  • Much more!

Please note: Real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar, or the registration process, please contact Chris Rodriguez at

L.A.S.E.R. DAY CAMP – Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources – Greenville area

Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources

DARC Presents:
Day Camp for Persons with Disabilities

When: August 10, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: River Park North

Who: For all persons with disabilities – Ages 13 – 30


Jana Whitaker or Lisa Pase

Registration is Due by August 4, 2017

Presented by:
Disability Advocates & Resource Center
702-A Johns Hopkins Drive
Greenville, NC  27834

Serving Counties Pitt, Wilson & Beaufort


Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse

United Spinal Association

Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Register for this webinar

Description: Join us for an informative webinar on how you can get involved in ending accessible parking abuse in your community. This webinar will discuss the benefits of joining Parking Mobility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community education and enforcement program designed to improve public awareness of the problem of accessible parking abuse and its impact on the health and safety of wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. Learn how you can participate in this program through a mobile app that gathers data on parking violations and leverages education to enforce the law and end accessible parking abuse.

Audience: Wheelchair users, all people with disabilities who rely on accessible parking or know someone who does.

Presenter: Mack Marsh, Project Director for the Parking Mobility Program

Please join us for this enlightening webinar.

Ziggi Landsman
VP of Online Relations
United Spinal Association 

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